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See How a Wedding Photographer Says “I Do” in a Beachy Mexican Fiesta

After deciding on a “wild, free party” destination wedding in Sayulita, Mexico, photographer Melissa Fuller and her husband Josh’s next order of business was deciding how much tequila they needed to buy! And with tequila, bright colors, festive designs, and a whole lot of love both the couple and their guests had a wedding of a lifetime. See it all from the most incredible talents (Laura AustinFrank HarringtonAmanda LopezTrevor TraynorJohn Lucarelli, and Grimace Films) in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Melissa Fuller, Little Black Book wedding photographer and her husband Josh, immediately fell in love with the vibe of Sayulita, Mexico after a long bout of indecision of where to host their very own wedding. “There is a slowness to the days in the charming town, situated just outside of Puerto Vallarta. When visiting you spend your days in a salty wash, getting in and out of the slow breaking longboard wave, shopping the beautiful local art, and eating fresh fish tacos,” writes the bride whose heart was an easy win.

When deciding what to do for our own wedding, the answers came easily once we established our theme. I’m not talking about colors and decor…I’m talking about the feel. And the theme we chose was literally marooning our closest friends and family in a tropical place and having the most wild free party we could manifest. We ended up making decisions on everything from that mantra. The next order of business was deciding how much tequila we needed to buy!

Pulling from the town, Josh and Mel decided to go with a neutral and white palette. With a destination wedding you are limited by the amount of things you can bring on an airplane. Writes Melissa, “One thing that was safe was knowing that white, cream and stone would all compliment the already beautiful gardens at the venue. We also wanted our guests to arrive and feel as if they had been taken away to a retreat. Guests were asked to wear white and shades of neutrals. I designed a tipi to serve as a natural wood cathedral that was built buy the local palapa builders and embellished by family with rope chandlers that I created. It was stunning. For decor, I spent my evenings leading up to the wedding doing a lot of DIY macrame and twine making with a cup of wine in hand. I knew that I could make a lot of twine flags and later make decisions about where they should go and just string them up around the property. All of the decorations fit into one large suitcase!”

They leaned heavy on their friends and family whose contributions came together, culminating in what become an epic party. One of their favorite memories is sitting in a beach house the day before the wedding with their friend, The Whooligan, covered in sand sipping on beers while putting together the playlist for the wedding at the final hour. “It all just came together like that. You do as much as you can before, but it was the moments of everyone coming together and splitting up into little groups for little adventures that we will always remember. We threw songs out there, cracked jokes, and got pumped for the big day laughing at each other’s suggestions. It was the best!” they share.

The couple also owns a company making re-useable stainless steel cups and being environmentally conscious is high on their list of priorities. They served a mix of specialty cocktails, hibiscus margaritas, local beer, and aqua fresca from the cups which doubled as gifts for their guests. Guests were also given wood veneer etched artwork from the folks at 5 Points Collective that matched a screen print the couple used in lieu of a traditional guestbook. “I wanted something that I would want out at our house not something that would tucked away and never be seen again and for our guests to take home something that wouldn’t end up in the trash or their nic-nacs drawer,” writes Melissa who found the artists while window shopping in Venice one day. The message on the print, “See the Unseen, Be the Unbeen,” was perfect and the art couldn’t have looked more like a scene from Sayulita.

Melissa used Squarespace to design the wedding website which aided in relaying ever-changing travel and accommodation information to their guests. She used the images on the home gallery page to tell people what they needed to know about the feel of the days to come. “It ended up being a huge success, one of my favorite pages I created was an RSVP page where I populated an image of our guests after they said they were coming. People had a lot of fun watching familiar faces pop up and it helped build the anticipation of the wedding and get folks to know each other who might not have met yet.”

For fare, Mel and Josh kept it simple and delicious. Everyone loves tacos. After the ceremony and before sunset guests milled the beach eating a mix of tamales, ham and pineapple tacos pastor, wood fired pizza and late night churros. To counteract the effects of the tequila bar they had a stack of fresh coconuts with straws prepped to keep partygoers hydrated.

It got sweaty, shirtless, and barefoot. “It was f*%#ing awesome!!” summarizes Josh who doesn’t dice his words.

We would like to say a huge thanks to the people who came together for our lives and this event. Laura Austin, Frank Harrington, John Lucarelli, Miguel the man with the plan, their parents and families, and Trev and Amanda, their friends who turned their Thanksgiving break into a wedding scouting mission. JJ & the folks at Pizzeria Rustica where they had their rehearsal dinner. To the talented Meghan Minillo for her lovely signage. And to Johannes and Anne who created a home so beautiful beyond imagination that our wildest wedding dreams came true.

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Photography: Laura Austin | Photography: Frank Harrington | Photography: Amanda Lopez | Photography: Melissa Fuller | Photography: Trevor Traynor | Photography: John Lucarelli | Cinematography: Grimace Films | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Necklace: Child of Wild | Anklet: Free People | Custom Stainless Cups: Cupsco | Makeup: Jenni Tay | Ringbearer Box: Fleamarket find hand painted by Melissa |  Groomsmen Gifts: Boker | Kids Rompers: Viva Boho Kids | Vow Book painted by Melissa: Moleskine Notebooks | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu | Kimono: Karen Thomas | DJ: The Whooligan | Venue: Teitiare Estates | Coordination: Miguel | Groomsmen Attire: Bonobos | Sign, Web, Paint + Design By the Bride: Melissa Gayle Fuller | Groom’s Shoes: Kenneth Cole | Robe: BHLDN | Floral Design: Chandra Petelin | Guest Poster + Art Gift: 5 Points Creative | Hair Accessories: Glimour of London | Hair: Hair My Heart | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory San Diego | Signage: Meghan Minillo | Jewelry: Bahgsu Jewels | Bride’s Gift Bull Skull: Evoke The Spirit | Hair: Tyler Gomez | Hair Boutique: The Dress Theory San Diego | Bride’s Gift Skull: Evoke the Spirit

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Vibrant + Romantic Mexico Destination Wedding

This isn’t your average run-of-the-mill wedding—it’s a fiesta. With some of the coolest bridesmaids’ dresses ever, authentic touches from the little town of Sayulita (tin stars, bright flowers, maracas and vibrant textiles) and the ultimate beachside setting, it’s clear this wedding was unforgettable, so enjoy each moment planned by The Dazzling Details and captured by Jillian Mitchell in THE VAULT.

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From The Bride…Jimmy and I feel in love with the beautiful little beach town of Sayulita, Mexico on our first romantic trip together as a couple. Two years later he proposed to me there during a New Years trip, so we clearly knew there was no other place in the World that we’d rather get married. During our visits I became obsessed with the vibe of the town, the people, all the beautiful and fashionable local shops and restaurants, and the many vibrant colors decorating the streets. So when planning our wedding, Sayulita itself had a huge impact on my inspiration. The Dazzling Details did an amazing job of capturing exactly what I envisioned for florals and decor. My bouquet and tablescapes reflected the bright colors I wanted but nothing too over the top, and just enough to add to the already beautiful scenery. We really wanted to let the beauty of the venue and beach speak for itself, so keeping it minimal was something we really tried to do. One piece of decor that I became totally obsessed with during our visits were these little tin stars that are used in the decor everywhere. I wanted to be sure to incorporate these in our wedding somehow and decided it would be perfect to have them hanging off the back of the alter… and it ended up looking great! Johann, the owner of the venue was amazing making sure every little detail was perfect for us. Small details aside, we really just wanted everyone to wear their party pants, have a good time, and fall in love with Sayulita just like we did.

We couldn’t be happier with the vendors we choose. I took a lot of time researching and making sure I picked vendors that seemed to be a good fit, and it all worked out wonderfully! Investing in our photographer was very important to us, and Jillian Mitchell gave us killer photographs that we will cherish forever. We also happened upon our venue two years prior to our wedding just walking down a secluded beach and stumbling on this incredible house sitting on the cliff. The next year, when we got engaged in Sayulita, we walked by the same property and this time there was a little sign out front that said ‘Teitiare Estate’. I took a photo of it, researched it when I got home, and lucky for us they had just started doing weddings! It was an absolutely dream of a venue, and to be honest, I wish I lived there!

There are so many favorite moments of our wedding day, its hard to narrow it down to just one. But for me, it would have to be the ceremony. Walking down the aisle with both of my parents to the love of my life, with “shes got a way” playing on acoustic guitar was a moment I will never forget *insert tears*. And standing up there with my best friends by my side and many other amazing friends and family watching from the crowd. There was a moment when Jimmy was reading his vows and you could hear the crashing of the waves and feel the ocean breeze. Right then, I made conscience point to be present in that one moment, as I knew the rest of the day was going to fly by. I looked up and saw tears in many our friends and families eyes, and it meant so much to know everyone present was there to celebrate us and our love. It was such an unforgettable day and I couldn’t be happier! We just hope everyone had as good of a time as we did, and we can never thank our loved ones enough for being apart of our day.

If I could give any advice it would be to take every moment in because the day flies by in the blink of an eye, it really does! From the moment you wake up try not to rush things and give yourself time to be able to just hang with your bridesmaids and mom/mom-in-law etc. I feel like I was stressing and rushing around all day and didn’t really get much time relax with my girls, and I wish I would have. Also, make a point to take time alone with your husband after the ceremony, even if only for 15 minutes. It really makes a difference to just sit for a second and be together as new hubs and wife, to be in that moment together. Other than that, I wish I had hired a full time planner. Even though my day-of venue coordinator was awesome, I really would’ve been more relaxed if I had someone handling all the little details and worries of the day. As my husband said, the day was legendary and we wish we could live it all over again, and again.

From the Groom… We did most of our own planning so the few hours before the ceremony were not as relaxing as we would have hoped, the weather was still questionable and on top of all that I forgot the vows at home that I spent so much time writing the month before the wedding… My mind was going to a million different places, I had a lot of things to do and time was flying. Still stressed and sweating by go time I remember seeing her come down the hill for our first look and she looked so beautiful, so classic, against the lush landscape at Teitiare she stood out like the sun. I knew in her smile that everything was going to be perfect, at that moment I found absolute peace and it set up the rest of the night which was legendary to say the least.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Floral Design: The Dazzling Details | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: Teitiare Estates | Music: Zacc West

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Fun Sayulita, Mexico Wedding

The best part about a destination wedding? It’s the very best vacation of your life and you get to share it with everyone you love. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a fun wedding, but fun might be the understatement of the century with this wedding from Kate Price Photography. I don’t know about you, but I may or may not (okay, I’m guilty) have started dancing in my seat as I made my way through this gallery!


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From the Bride… Sayulita was on my husband and my radar from the second we got engaged. Both being born and raised in Seattle, and currently living in San Francisco, we loved the idea of our friends and family packing up to head somewhere sunny for a week of celebrating. Sayulita was our first vacation as a couple and a first vacation with both of our families, so it felt very natural to choose to get married there. Natural, ended up being an understatement.

From the second we arrived, we were blown away not only by our accommodations but how much our friends and family loved it. It was a non-stop party from the moment we arrived, to the day we hopped on the airplane home. The feeling of having everyone that’s important to us in the same beautiful property, drinking tequila, watching fireworks, eating late night burritos, and participating in what was the most epic dance party of all time is indescribable. Of course, none (and I mean NONE) of it would be possible without Yazmin our planner, and Kate our photographer to capture each amazing moment. As the Instagram photos say….#vivalaslogan.

Photography: Kate Price Photography | Planner: Brisa del Mar Palapa | Flowers: Francisco Salazar | Catering: Don Pedro's Palapa | Decor: Brisa del Mar Palapa | Furniture: Main Events | Lights: Curiel Producciones | Mariachi: Real De America